Writing poetry in lunchtime: Frank O’Hara

One way to find time to write poetry while working full-time, is to write in your lunch-hour.  Frank O'Hara did.  Even with a hangover. Some of his poems begin by noting the time (his lunch hour seems to have been 12 to 1 pm) and then he simply says what he's doing, eating, feeling and …

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“How to be a Poet” published this week

If you've ever wanted advice on "How to be a Poet", there's a book with precisely that title, by key UK poetry publisher Nine Arches press, published in a few days' time (20th December 2017.)  It's written by Jo Bell and Jane Commane - who are poets and editors in their own write (right).   The …

Phoning it in – poetry

Stumbled across this today on the blog Julie Unplugged: "10 smart ways to use your phone to improve your writing"   Listen to conversation around you and capture rich/true dialogue using your audio recording setting. Take photos, especially those surprise images to write about later. Once you set the intention to be surprised visually, you'll spot …